Edward V. Markel, Jr.

markel058-2 OBITWESTFIELD – Edward V. Markel, Jr., 72, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 surrounded by family after battling a long illness. Born in Hartford, CT on April 23, 1942 to the late Edward Markel, Sr. and Valentina (Horanzy) Markel. He lived and attended schools in West Suffield, CT. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force where he was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Edward has been a resident of Westfield since 1966.
Early in his career he was employed at Pratt & Whitney, Bendix/Dresser Industries, H.B. Smith and later retired from Mestek Industries. Ed enjoyed ballroom dancing, camping and traveling with his wife to Australia, Greece and The Canadian Rockies. Ed was an avid train collector and spent numerous hours building model railroad towns. Ed also assisted at swim meets, volunteered at St. Peter’s Soup kitchen and at the Grandmother’s Garden Tours. Ed was easy-going, kind-hearted and always there to lend a helping hand.
Edward leaves his wife of 48 years, Anne (Kittel); his sons, Garth and his wife Danielle, Gregg and his wife Jessica, and Kent; brother, Frank Markel and his wife Elaine; sister-in-law, Louise Sauter; grandchildren, Morgan, Gehrit, Willow and step-grandchildren, Alec and Gabrielle Bewsee.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 12th at 12:00 p.m. with calling hours preceding service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA. Donations may be made to Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 77 Mill Street, Suite 201, Westfield, MA 01085. No Mass cards please.

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